- The Rangers and Nelson Cruz reached an agreement on a contract yesterday, avoid arbitration and locking the slugger up for the next two seasons. Sources say the contact is ~$16.5M after incentives.
Cruz is looking forward to a big 2012, saying “I feel like I’m in better shape right now than in the past. I expect a big performance of myself and nothing less than going back to the World Series.”
- Cruz was in the Dominican Republic dealing with a stomach bacterial infection over the off-season that hampered him for a couple of months. Since returning to the U.S. for treatment, he has started working out at the same gym as Mike Napoli in Miami.
- Richard Durrett (ESPNDallas) wrote a short column on Cruz moving on from Game 6. Cruz had this to say concerning Game 6, “You always want to complete a goal, especially back-to-back years and not making it. You’ve got to get over it. You don’t always get what you want. The whole team, the coaching staff, we have to make sure we get better, whatever we need to do to get better to make sure we get back to the World Series and win it all.”
- Keith Law (ESPN.com) has published his prospect rankings and four Rangers made it into the top 100.
#7. Jurickson Profar
#20. Martin Perez
#75. Michael Olt
#99. Neil Ramirez
You can read a small write up about each prospect here.
- Law also put together a top 10 for each Organization. Here is the Rangers:
1. Jurickson Profar, SS (7)
2. Martin Perez, LHP (20)
3. Mike Olt, 3B (75)
4. Neil Ramirez, RHP (99)
5. Robbie Ross, LHP
6. Rougned Odor, 2B
7. Leonys Martin, CF
8. Cody Buckel, RHP
9. Leury Garcia, SS
10. Jorge Alfaro, C
- Randy Galloway (Star-Telegram) wrote a good article on the continuing battle that Josh Hamilton faces as an addict. This story feels like it wants to run it’s course, but the looming thought of a video that could surface at any moment is a little disturbing.
- Derek Holland was on with Ben and Skin (103.3FM, ESPN) recently, and spoke about leaning of Hamilton’s relapse, “First I didn’t even know anything was going on. I was out and surprised, so I had no clue what was going on. Once I had found out me as a person I wanted to give Josh all the support I can. He’s one of my teammates. He is like a brother to me. Those guys are people we look up to. It’s like Washington said he is one of those people that when we are on the road I played Xbox with him and stuff. We interact with him, so he doesn’t feel like he is left out. We make him a part of this team because he is. He is a key member to this team, but at the same time it is all about supporting him. This is a tough thing for him to go through and it’s our job to be behind him and show that we care about him and that we are there for him.”
- If you missed Round 1 of our Position-by-Position American League West Battle, check it out here. Round 2 will be posted today.